5 Great T20I Knocks by Virat Kohli that don't fade away
Virat Kohli is easily the most precious wicket for any opposition that is playing against India. Kohli, the one who wears his heart on his sleeves, is surprisingly ice-cool when it comes to high-pressure situations. The big match player knows how to soak the tough times and has the precision of a needle when it comes to timing the chases.
A look at Kohli’s numbers show he is the world’s best chaser in ODIs as well as in T20Is and his exploits have made chasing his signature. The stylish right-hander holds the record for most half-centuries in T20Is. However, that is not the only reason why he is so highly regarded. The man who has a Bradmanesque average of over 50 in T20s plays pure cricketing shots, still strikes at over 130 and has got out in single digits only five times in 38 innings, an indicator of how he cannot be easily frazzled.
There have been several unforgettable moments throughout his T20 career that don’t fade away, quite like the Axe Signature line of body perfumes. Here are 5 innings which will remain in the fans' memories for a long time:
82* v Australia, Mohali, 2016
This is arguably the greatest T20I innings chasing, not just of his own career. Kohli was a one-man batting line-up in a do or die situation, helping India beat Australia to reach the Semi-final of the 2016 T20 World Cup. After the innings, Kohli’s average in the second innings in wins touched an incredible 122.8, almost superhuman.
Chasing 161 in a must-win game, India were 49 for 3 in the 8th over, requiring more than 10 per over from there on. India managed to score more than 60 runs in the last 5 overs thanks to a special effort by Kohli. He ended the match 82* adding 67 with MS Dhoni who had scored just 18 in that partnership.
Kohli’s 82 came off 51 balls at a strike-rate of 161, with 9 fours and 2 sixes, mostly classy, conventional cricketing shots. In the end India, romped home with 5 balls to spare, but anyone who watched the match will know Kohli single-handedly pulled victory from the jaws of defeat.